Bachelor of Business Science Proves to Be the Right Choice for Summa Cum Laude Graduate

Summa cum laude graduate, Ms Nerantha Govender
Summa cum laude graduate, Ms Nerantha Govender with her parents, Ms Linda and Mr Selvan Govender.

Changing studies from a Bachelor of Physiotherapy to a Bachelor of Business Science led to a summa cum laude pass for top achiever, Ms Nerantha Govender. 

‘Changing degrees was totally unplanned because I had always wanted to study Physiotherapy since I was a little girl. However, as the year progressed, I began feeling dissatisfied with my choice. I realised that I should have worked with numbers as Maths was my favourite subject in high school and a change in degree was needed to ensure a successful academic career,’ said Govender. 

This sudden realisation would set the graduate on a journey to discover qualifications that would allow her to work with her passion: numbers. 

‘This is when I discovered Business Science which had modules such as Maths and Statistics. After much deliberation, I decided to change my degree from Physiotherapy to Business Science, majoring in Finance and Statistics the following year. Making this change was the best thing I could have done because ever since I started studying Business Science, I have been happier, my grades have improved, and I was finally studying something I enjoyed. I felt more motivated to learn because I was learning something aligned with my interests.’ 

While most graduates who had to either start or complete their degrees during a pandemic have expressed that switching to online learning was challenging, it was the opposite for Govender, who describes herself as an introvert who found it more comfortable to learn at home. 

‘The (COVID-19) pandemic happened during the second year of my Business Science degree and brought the world to a standstill. I did not imagine that I would be studying from home for 75% of my degree and it was a big adjustment. In some ways, COVID-19 benefitted me while studying. Because of my introverted nature, it was much easier for me to be at home all the time and learn from my own space because I was in the environment I was most comfortable in. In the process, I developed many skills, such as time management and being disciplined with my university work given the increased distractions, while setting boundaries for myself and prioritising my physical and mental wellbeing.’ 

Govender is currently pursuing an honours in Statistics, with the aim of one day using the knowledge obtained in both degrees to enhance her future career choice. 

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan

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